By LARRY VAUGHT
With Kentucky holding a 55-42 lead late in Saturday’s game with New Mexico State, the Aggies were deep in the red zone when UK sophomore Derrick Baity picked off a pass in the end zone to seal the win for the Cats.
It was the kind of winning play that coach Mark Stoops had been wanting.
“That was really big play. I talked about that all the time to the DBs. And I just told them that after the game, that they can’t flinch, with that pass that I was mentioning (in the first half), where we blew it early, and that really got us angry, to start, but you have to be able to play that position, you have to be able to jump, get back in the fight and let it go and move on,” Stoops said.
“As I always say to DBs, they’re going to get some of theirs and we got to get ours and we got to make some plays and that was big for him to step up and get that ball at the high point and get that interception.
“When things start turning, we’ll start making those plays instead of dropping those plays and that was much more difficult than other ones we did make. He actually went up and made a heck of a play. So we need more of that.”
That’s because he’s not been happy with UK’s secondary play. That was supposed to be the strength of this defense but has not been.
“We need to get better, but they will. They will. We have got a lot of work to do. But they will get better. They mean well. That’s all I could say,” Stoops said.